The week of August 5th- 11th I got to spend some quality time on my yearly summer vacation with my family. We always go to Alcona Park in Glennie, Michigan. It is my most favorite time of the year because we have a chance to get away from the technical world, the fast paced lives, consumed by work and other responsibilities, and have a chance to connect to the ones who matter most and to the natural elements.
When you begin researching Paganism, the elements is one of the basics a witch learns. You learn about Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit. The five key elements that make up all things. The elements are what connect us all.
One of my favorite chants I use to instantly connect to the elements is:
Earth my Body, Water my Blood, Air my Breath and Fire my Spirit
Celtic Name: tuath
Symbolizes: Stability, Order, Grounding, Silence, Birth, Death, Beginnings, Endings, Fertility
Ritual Representations: Salt, Soil
Moon Phase: New
Zodiac Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
Earth is the element of Stability, Order and Grounding. It is also the element of Fertility, both literal and figurative, and therefore of Pregnancy, Growth, Birth, Material Gain, Business, Prosperity, Sustenance, and Creativity. As the element from which came and to which we will return, earth is the element of Death and Rebirth, Beginnings and Endings, and Silence.
**Because Earth symbolizes Endings and Beginnings, and is my personal element, I cast my circles starting in the North.
(**Sorry for the boar motor in the background but hey sound is air as well!)
Celtic Name: airt
Symbolizes: Mind, Intellect, Reason, Sciences, Travel, Youth
Ritual Representations: Incense
Moon Phase: Waxing
Zodiac Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
Air is the element of Intellect, Study, and Book-Learning, and therefore of the Sciences. It is also the element of Youth, Creativity, and Spontaneity, and of Communication and Travel.
Celtic Name: deas
Symbolizes: Strength, Passion, Energy, Transformation, Will, Sex, Energy
Ritual Representations: Incense, Candles
Moon Phase: Full
Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Fire is the element of Strength, especially Physical Strength, but also Strength of Will, and Energy. Fire is also the element of Passion, Courage, Protection, Purification, Transformation, Chaos, and Sex. Fire is Life and Health as well as Destruction.
Celtic Name: iar
Symbolizes: Emotions, Intuition, Daring, Wisdom, Clarity, Healing
Ritual Representations: Water
Moon Phase: Waning
Zodiac Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Water is the element of Wisdom, Clarity, and Common Sense, especially which comes from Experience. It is also the element of Emotion, Intuition, and Divination. It is the major element of Healing, and also contains aspects of Transformation and Purification, and can also represent Death and Rebirth.
Celtic Name: aethyr
Color: Violet, White or Black
Tool: Circle, Cauldron
Time: All Times
Season: All Seasons
Goddess: All Deities
Symbolizes: Immanence and Transcendence, Everything and Nothing
Ritual Representations: Fulfilled by the Presence of Practitioners and Deities
Moon Phase: All Phases
Zodiac Signs: All Signs United
Spirit is the element of Transcendence, Transformation, Change, the Void, Everywhere and Nowhere, All Time and No Time. It is the Primal Force that flows through all of us and all things. It is not often addressed directly in ritual, because it is the element of Ourselves, our Will, and the Gods, all of which are already actively invoked.
If you haven’t taken a break from the world to connect with the elements lately, I highly recommend it. It always makes my day brighter and more positive and I feel the peace within.